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Month: April 2018

Infrastructure

Repairing dangerous buildings – who should pay?

Property values could decline by as much as 90% if owners continue to be held liable for dangerous cladding, according to a report by the Strata Community Association (SCA). As it stands, owners are having to face levies of $30,000 - $60,000 to rectify these building deficits – and there are fears that aggressive investigation…

30 Apr 2018, by Amy Sarcevic

Education

Infrastructure

Planning & Design

Urban planning and the university masterplan

Planning university campuses in the 21st century is an intensive exercise in innovation and Curtin University’s Greater Curtin Plan, which attracted the largest ever Smart Cities grant from federal government, is a high-definition example. Located in Perth’s middle suburbia, Curtin aims to serve not only its students, but the region in general, by acting as…

27 Apr 2018, by Informa Insights

Banking & Finance

Healthcare

Debunking the myths around private health insurance

The Australian Labor Party recently announced a policy commitment to imposing a 2% cap on private health insurance (PHI) premiums, for at least two years pending a productivity Commission review. The proposal was designed to increase affordability within the sector, as flat income rates fail to keep up with premiums rising above CPI. As expected,…

24 Apr 2018, by Informa Insights

Healthcare

Technology

Why we need greater collaboration between the health and tech sectors

Technology is a major player in today’s business landscape. Improved processes, seamless deliverables, and enhanced client experiences. Much of the reason industries can no longer go it alone. The key? Collaboration.   With the national population approaching 25 million people, the public health sector is one of Australia’s most expended customer-based industries. Accounting for 8.5…

23 Apr 2018, by Informa Insights

Healthcare

Using non-thermal ultrasound procedures to treat Alzheimer’s disease

Neurological disorders such as dementia and its major form, Alzheimer’s disease, are an ongoing and increasing challenge for our ageing population. Sadly, the disorders remain incurable as there are limitations in existing treatments such as drugs and surgical therapies, due to their difficulty in accessing the brain. But thanks to the pioneering work of Professor…

19 Apr 2018, by Informa Insights

Business

How well is the ACL serving Australian consumers?

In March 2016, Consumer Affairs Ministers throughout Australia and New Zealand began a twelve-month review of the Australian Consumer Law – in a bid to better protect Australian consumers. The review sought to future-proof the law against new and emerging issues and in doing so identified a set of reforms to improve the operation of…

18 Apr 2018, by Informa Insights

Healthcare

Using NDIS funding to create a big life

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) entitles 20,000 people living with disability in Australia to a portion of more than $1 billion funding. Applications are subject to a complex and strict review process, but can entitle people with significant, permanent disability to generous (often five figure) sums. This funding helps them get the appropriate inventions…

18 Apr 2018, by Informa Insights

Transport & Logistics

Mixed signals: SPAD-risk management and mitigation from the Network Controller perspective

The term ‘SPAD’ (signal passed at danger) is often considered the ‘Voldemort’ of the rail industry. It represents one of the sector’s most ominous safety concerns, given the potential for high consequence accidents, loss of life, and severe reputational damage to the offending organisation. SPAD violations have been attributed to a number of “human” errors,…

13 Apr 2018, by Informa Insights

Energy & Utilities

Managing renewable energy intermittency: Case study of Genex’s Kidston Renewable Energy Hub

Australia has made a giant leap towards a future in renewables, largely owing to the pioneering work of Genex Power. Just last week, the firm announced plans to develop the third component of their Kidston Renewable Energy hub - a 150MW capacity windfarm - to be incorporated into the hub’s existing large scale solar and…

11 Apr 2018, by Amy Sarcevic

Healthcare

What does a person with dementia look like?

Dementia is a pervasive collection of symptoms, including memory loss, confusion, personality change, multi-sensory challenges, and apathy, caused by a number of disorders affecting the brain. These symptoms can make it very challenging for people living with dementia to carry out everyday tasks. But as renowned dementia advocate John Quinn describes, it is often the…

10 Apr 2018, by Informa Insights

Education

Infrastructure

Planning the delivery of schools in a changing world

The Greater Sydney Commission has forecast 74% population growth in Sydney over the next forty years, driven primarily by immigration policy. How will the school infrastructure landscape change to absorb this increase? This is a question continuously asked by John Neish the Executive Director of Strategic Planning at School Infrastructure NSW (SINSW); the schools planning and…

10 Apr 2018, by Informa Insights

Education

Infrastructure

How to build a regional university

It is hard to imagine the largely uncivilized landscape of the Amazon Rainforest being described as a hub of world-class academia, thought-leadership and ground-breaking innovation. But thanks to a multi-billion-dollar reinvention of the Ecuadorian education system, which led to the building of Amazon-based university IKIAM, the region is fast gaining status in this realm. Professor…

9 Apr 2018, by Informa Insights
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